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She said later, the chil­dren nar­rated the hor­ror of watch­ing Lizwe dis­mem­ber her grand­son.

“They said Lizwe first hit him on the head with a ham­mer. He dragged the body and tied him on a bi­cy­cle rack be­fore rip­ping his stom­ach open with a knife,” she said.

e vis­i­bly shaken Ms Dube said she was still strug­gling to come to terms with what hap­pened to her grand­son.

“He (Lizwe) is men­tally dis­turbed but we weren’t ex­pect­ing him to do such a thing,” said Ms Dube.

She said the de­ceased boy’s mother works in South Africa.

Po­lice ar­rested Lizwe and took him to Tsholot­sho Po­lice Sta­tion.

A com­ment could not be ob­tained from Act­ing Mata­bele­land North po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona.

How­ever, ward 10 Coun­cil­lor Cde Popo Ncube said so­ci­ety needed to keep tabs on peo­ple sus­pected to be suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness.

Cde Ncube said chil­dren should never have been left near Lizwe, con­sid­er­ing his men­tal state.

He said men­tal pa­tients should be kept in con­fined places to pre­vent a re­cur­rence of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

“This will curb such in­ci­dents. If they can be kept in a place to en­sure safety of the mem­bers of the pub­lic, grue­some in­ci­dents like this won’t oc­cur,” said Cde Ncube.

“Leav­ing chil­dren alone is a se­ri­ous risk. We’ve grassthatched houses. They can play with matches and torch huts. If such things hap­pen, we end up say­ing it’s the work of witches but we just need to pay at­ten­tion to chil­dren,” he said.

The in­ci­dent comes at a time when the big­gest men­tal hospi­tal in Mata­bele­land, Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo is fac­ing a crit­i­cal short­age of medicines for both its in and out of hospi­tal pa­tients.

Three nurses have been at­tacked by pa­tients this year as pa­tients go with­out seda­tives.

Of­fi­cials at Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal say the drug short­age has re­sulted in un­sus­tain­able cases of out­pa­tients re­laps­ing and need­ing re- ad­mis­sion at the crowded in­sti­tu­tion. — @nqot­shili.

Coun­cil­lor Cde Popo Ncube

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